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     2002 Report on the drug situation in the candidate CEECs

The Phare project 'Co-operation EMCDDA-CEECs' started on 1 March 2001. It specifically covers the 10 CEEC candidate countries Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, while associating as far as possible Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Emphasis is placed on involving the countries as much as possible in the EMCDDA's activities through further development of National Focal Points (NFPs) and drug-information systems. All candidate countries are now establishing NFPs themselves. The remaining three candidate countries Cyprus, Malta, and Turkey are also being integrated into the network of National Focal Points.

The 2002 Report on the drug situation in the candidate CEECs, presented on this website and also available in printed form (see below), is an outcome of this joint effort, addressing key issues on drugs in the CEECs. It shows a different picture from the one now only five or seven years ago. These countries were then generally perceived only as drug 'transit' countries, with all the associated stereotypes in terms of 'danger' for the EU citizens. Today they have become a clear target for drugs consumption.

The 2002 Report on the drug situation in the candidate CEECs was launched on 3 October 2002 in Brussels, alongside the EMCDDA's 2002 Annual report on the state of the drugs problem in the European Union and Norway.

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